J. Alan Alewine, Ph.D.

Photo of Alan AlewineAssociate Provost

Professor of Mathematics

Office: Voigt Science Hall 115 or Wildy Hall 306

Phone: (618) 537-6931 or (618) 537-6524


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

M.S., Vanderbilt University

B.S., Furman University



ISMAA Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award, 2019

United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award, 2014

Certificate of Appreciation from McKendree Volleyball Player Abby Hanger, 2012, 2014

Phi Kappa Phi President, 2009-2011

William Norman Grandy Faculty Award Recipient, 2009

Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient, 2008

Phi Kappa Phi (charter member), 2004

Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow, 2003

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, College of Arts and Science, Vanderbilt University, 2001

B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, 2001


Co-authored “Bounds on Mosaic Knots”
Pi Mu Epsilon Journal Volume 14, Number 1, 2014

“Rates of Uniform Convergence for Riemann Integrals”
Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences Volume 26, Number 1, 2014

Co-authored “Topologizing the Denjoy Space by Measuring Equiintegrability”
Real Analysis Exchange, Volume 31, Number 1, 2006

“Fibonacci Quilting”
(in preparation with Dr. Heather A. Dye)

“Degree Sequences of Self-Complementary Graphs”
(in preparation with Dr. Heather A. Dye)

"Childhood Memories: Using the Inner Child to Teach Mathematics"
(in preparation)


Teaching Interests

In the past decade, I have taught primarily Calculus II, transition to advanced mathematics, modern algebra, real analysis, differential equations, and senior seminar.




lllinois Section of MAA annual meeting, March 2021
Presented “Something for Everyone.”

McKendree University, June 2021
Presented “High or Low?” to high school students interested in STEM disciplines.

McKendree University, January 2020
Co-presented “Failing Forward” as part of a Teaching for Excellence Workshop.

MathFest, August 2019
Presented “Program-level Assessment: Don't Run Away!”

McKendree University, January 2015
Co-presented “Teaching Observations and Course Evals” as part of a Teaching for Excellence Workshop.

MathFest, August 2014
Portland, OR
Presented "The Best Tasting Basis Ever."

MathFest, August 2013
Hartford, CT
Presented research presentation “Bounds on Mosaic Knots” during a session on algebra and topology.

McKendree University, August 2013
Co-presented “In Defense of the Lecture” and “Quick Tips and Tricks” as part of a Teaching for Excellence Workshop.

McKendree University, September 2011
Served on a First-Generation panel at a Brown Bag forum.

McKendree University, July 2011, August 2012, August 2013
Co-led a discussion at a New Student Orientation retreat about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.